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Prowlus
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PostPosted: 2007.01.19(Fri)14:47    Post subject: keeping Brine Shrimp Reply with quote

I just bought a "sea monkey kit" as a way to relax (my 3 tanks are nowhere near my computer) when upstairs and a possible harvestable alternative food scource on ocassion for my small tropical and cold water tanks, thus saving me pounds of buying bloodworm, beefheart and krill .
Right now, the setup is a small container of water which has been salinised/conditioned . according to the label , this can last me 2 years . Is there anything else I can put in the tank to increase the lil shrimp's chances?
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PostPosted: 2007.02.01(Thu)16:27    Post subject: Brine Shrimp Reply with quote

You do need to feed them if you want them to survive to adulthood. A couple days after they hatch, start giving very tiny pinches of powdered spirulina algae. It takes about 3 weeks for them to grow to adulthood (you will notice that they grow to about 1/4"), then they mate, lay eggs and die. I kept a colony alive for about 3 months. But eventually, the wastes build up and they die. I could not figure out how to change out the water without taking the shrimp with it, as they are so small.
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PostPosted: 2007.02.02(Fri)7:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

an alternative is to culture infusoria. boil some lettuce, put it in a jar with aquarium water, and put the jar near a sunny window. these cultures sometimes crash though. on a second note, brine shrimp have a short lifespan. the 2 years on the lable is the amount of time the colony in a tank can sustain itself.

here's a wikipedia article on sea monkeys that's mildly amusing.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_monkeys
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Prowlus
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PostPosted: 2007.02.04(Sun)17:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your advice. Currently I bought this for my monkeys

http://img72.imageshack.us/my.php?image=brinemp3.jpg

supposed to accelerate their growth tenfold. Is this a good idea or would I need to get a battery air pump too?
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Michael L.
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PostPosted: 2007.02.04(Sun)17:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you ever get tired of your sea monkeys, get some triops. They are a similar concept, except they are freshwater, and you can actually see them! Laughing
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